Originally Posted by foibled
Sorry but this is not true. Looks is a matter of opinion and they are constructed using the same methods. Dings, nicks, scratches, and sloppy soldering are common among AFs also, the former probably even more so because AFs are plated. AFs are more restrictive than KMs. They can also suffer from quality issues like two piece stem tubes seamed together and the hose tubes are built from multiple pieces with internal constrictions. I have yet to have seen either case in the many of KMs I've examined. KMs are traditional chambers.
I own a lot of Syrians and none of them are soldered, none of them came with dents, none of them were plated but made out of solid brass and they all smoke in a way that can only be called fantastic. Actually Syrian style closed common cambers are traditional (in Syria, Iran and Lebanon) so from my rather extensive experience I don't agree with your assertions.